Monthly Archives: April 2013

One more week to go! My life will be back to normal in no time!

Do you ever wake up some mornings before your alarm feeling very rested and are so wide awake that you just bounce out of bed? This happened to me this morning at 4:30am! It’s crazy since I am in my final week of preparing for my figure competition and the last 2 months it has been hell waking up before 5am to do my cardio.  Something clicked either last night or this morning and my body was like COME ON LESLIE YOU CAN DO THIS!  So here I am with all this energy writing a quick blog post today, let’s hope it lasts!

My day is a little less busy today so I have already done my laundry, I am getting ready to go to a yoga class before I head back to work.  Then tonight I will be meeting up with a few girls to practice my posing (doing a t walk on stage in heels and a tiny bikini is not something that comes naturally to me, it takes lots of practice!)

I am really really excited for the show next Saturday but what I am most excited about is to have more free time! It is crazy how training for a competition takes up so much of one’s time-from grocery shopping, to cooking, to packing/measuring all my meals, hours of cardio, weight training (which I love), sleeping…it really feels like a part time job on top of my full time job where I usually work from 6am-7:30pm everyday (thank god I LOVE WHAT I DO!)

Things I am looking forward to when the competition is over:
1. My very first meal after the show…I am still not sure what I will feel like eating but it’s going to taste AMAZING!

2. My vacation! I am going away for a week to visit university friends in the states and go to a wedding in Norman, Oklahoma, WOOHOO!!

3. Eating fruit!

4. Having a social life-a competition diet and training is very demanding, doesn’t leave much time for a social life.  But I’ll be honest, even though I have not had any alcohol in almost 4 months, I don’t miss it at all and don’t plan on drinking very often (except maybe at the wedding in a few weeks and my birthday in June!)

5. Starting a new workout routine! I have been doing a body building/hypertrophy program for 7 months! I am looking forward to mixing things up, thinking about doing some kettle bell conditioning and circuit training workouts! I LOVE KETTLEBELLS!

6. Running outside! I might even sign up to run the Army Half in September, I love that race!

7. Trying new recipes 🙂 Yep SO many great recipes I can’t wait to try!

8. Blogging! I have been too busy to blog, I am not letting myself get behind on my blog anymore! I am determined to blog at least once a week 🙂

9. Doing more yoga! One thing I noticed during my competition prep was how out of balance my life becomes and what usually grounds me? YOGA! I haven’t had any time/didn’t make time to do yoga and this will be a priority when I am done.  I also plan to start teaching again this summer.  Stay tuned for when I’ll be teaching yoga 🙂

10. Having energy! I haven’t been myself lately (ask my clients and co workers they will tell you) so as soon as I can eat more food and do less cardio I will be back to being the energetic Leslie you’ve all been missing 😉

I still can’t believe how fast the past 7 months has flown by!  What a journey it has been though! I have learned a lot not just about preparing for a show but about myself.  I will be posting a blog after my competition with my thoughts and will discuss the ups and downs 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend!

Les 🙂

Les has been busy getting fit…and getting others fit!

Hello everyone! I know it has been a long time but WOW time has been flying faster than ever!  I have less than 3 weeks until my fitness competition and let me tell you training/cooking/cardio/sleeping/training my clients is very time consuming! So that is my excuse number 1!  Excuse number 2 my business has really taken off! My schedule is completely full of clients, now this is definitely not a complaint but it is another reason why I have not had time to keep up with my blog!  Last but not least, with the free time that I do have lately I am trying to sleep.  So once the competition is over and I get my schedule sorted out I will be back to blogging at least once per week 🙂

I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all of you who have been following my progress on my Facebook page and for all the support along the way! It really REALLY helps reading your comments and seeing your “likes” on my photos.  It is great to know that my hard work and dedication towards my goal can inspire others to push themselves to reach their goals as well!

The last few weeks are going to be very tough (low energy due to low carbs, intense training plus loads of cardio etc) but knowing that I have the support of so many friends and other competitors makes it all worthwhile! I am really looking forward to the competition but I am most excited to be done so I can enjoy food again, have a bit of a social life but more importantly have more ME time!  The toughest part for me will be to maintain a healthy body weight and not gain back all the weight I lost.  I will be working very closely with my naturopathic doctor (Dr Ellen Simone) to make sure that everything goes back to normal again (hormones, metabolism, digestion, food sensitivities etc) and will continue to work my butt off in the gym because I didn’t do all this work for nothing! I am proud of the physique that I have created throughout this process and I intend to stay in the best shape possible from now on! No more going back and forth!

Now it’s time for bed, ahh the life of a fitness competitor…early to rise (I am going to do a spin class tomorrow am) and early to bed (completely exhausted from the day)!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! 

One thing I have learned during this competition prep is that I easily become unbalanced/overwork myself and don’t make time for yoga (bad Leslie!) so one of the first things I will be doing when I am done is to start practicing yoga more regularly AND I will start teaching again! Stay tuned for when I will be holding my classes:)

Oooh and more exciting news!! Next Sunday I will be doing a full day video production with Adam Langlois from Extremeline Productions.  I am super excited for this but also kind of nervous! I have never done anything like this before!! I will be filming quite a few videos for a new website that will be created soon including some video blogs (professional ones, not using my iphone!) Some of my clients will also be involved in the production next weekend sharing their testimonials, etc …can’t wait to see the final products!

That’s all for now 🙂  Have a fantastic rest of your weekend! Hurry up spring, warm weather in Ottawa is LONG overdue!

Les 🙂